MTTI Members on the Road to Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting

The 96th Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting was held in Washington, D.C. January 8-12, 2017 focusing on the theme Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change.  Joining the 13,000 attendees, were 24 members and students of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI).

Colin Brooks (MTRI) presented at the Unmanned Aircraft Systems workshop, chaired the Sensing Technologies Subcommittee (ABJ50) meeting, participated in a panel session at the Geospatial Innovations in Transportation lecture, displayed a poster Transportation Infrastructure Assessment Through the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at the Driving Improved Maintenance Decisions through Data session, presided over the Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications meeting, presented an update on activities at the ABJ50 Information Systems & Technology Committee meeting as a Committee member and shared a Research Needs Statement on UAS for transportation infrastructure assessment with the UAS Subcommittee.

 Tim Colling, Director of the Center for Technology & Training (part of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department), displayed the Inventory-Based Rating System: Stable and Implementable Method of Condition Assessment for Unpaved Roads poster at the Recent Research Findings Supporting Improved Low-Volume Road Management session.  Co-authors for the paper included Pete Torola and John Kiefer from CTT.  Tim also presented Effective Modeling of Extended Service Life for Pavement Treatments at the Life-Cycle Cost Analysis and Service Life Modeling of Pavement Preservation lecture session.  Co-authors included John Kiefer and Shelley Farrey.

Barbara Dai (CEE) was a presenter of her research Influence of Rubber Aggregate Modification Methods on Rubber Concrete Performance at the Properties of Concrete: Testing and Specifications lecture session.  Her student Shuaicheng Guo (CEE) co-authored the presentation.  Dai also presented Multiscale and Multiphysical Behaviors of Designed Asphalt Materials in the 7th International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals (IACIP) Annual Workshop.  Her student Shuaicheng Guo (CEE) also presented two posters in this section of the workshop.

Chris Gilbertson (CTT), co-authored a paper Engineering the Classroom Experience: Developing a Transportation Workforce through Hands-on Engagement and represented CTT at the poster session Recent Research Findings Supporting Improved Low-Volume Road Management.

Pam Hannon, MTTI Coordinator, attended the Council for University Transportation Centers (CUTC) annual business meeting, multiple committee meetings and numerous technical presentations, poster sessions and workshops.

PhD student Steve Landry, (CLS) was chosen as one of the University Transportation Center (UTC) Program’s Student of the Year.  Landry’s research is part of the NURail UTC consortium, of which MTU is a member.  Landry was recognized at the Council for University Transportation Center (CUTC) awards banquet and received a cash stipend as well.  Landry also presented his research on In-Vehicle Auditory Warnings at Highway/Rail Grade Crossings to the members of AHB60 Highway/Rail Grade Crossings as part of their committee meeting.

Pasi Lautala (CEE), Director of MTTI and the Rail Transportation Program, exhibited his Railway Engineering Education Symposium: Evolving to Rebuild a Growing Rail Academic Community poster at the Current Research Trends in Freight Rail Transportation session. Dr. Lautala was also introduced as the incoming Chair of the AR040 Freight Rail Transportation Committee and participated in the Rail Group Executive Board meeting.

Amlan Mukherjee (CEE), was a presenter of his paper Challenges to Using Environmental Product Declarations in Communicating LCA Outcomes: The Case of the Asphalt Industry at the Enhancing Pavement Sustainability and Mitigating Climate Change lecture session.  His student, Chait Bhat (CEE), also attended the annual meeting.

Drew Roberts (CEE), Center for Technology & Training intern, presented his paper Engineering the Classroom Experience: Developing a Transportation Workforce through Hands-on Engagement to the Transportation Education and Training Committee at their annual meeting.  The paper was submitted by Roberts as an example of his work with the AASHTO TRAC program.

Larry Sutter (MSE), attended committee meetings for concrete durability and pavement joint sealing.

John Velat, Eastern TTAP Director, participated in the NLTAPA winter business meeting and Standing Committee on Native American Transportation Issues (ABE80).

Zhanping You (CEE) and students Siyu (Jack) Chen, Dongdong Ge, Kai Liu, Lingyun You, Famgyuan Gong, Ran Zhang and Shuaicheng Guo displayed posters:  Sensitivity of Rigid Pavement Performance Predictions to Individual Climate Variables Using Pavement ME Design at the Design and Testing for More Sustainable Concrete Pavements session, New Findings in Chemical Analysis of Asphalt Aging Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer and Its Application at the Asphalt Binder Aging, Recycling, and Rejuvenation poster session, Characterizing High-Temperature Properties of Crumb Rubber-Modified Warm-Mix Asphalt Binders Using Repeated Creep and Recovery Test at the Asphalt Binder Additives, Polymers, Specialized Testing, and Simulations session.  You presented his paper coauthored by Fangyuan Gong, and his former PhD student Yu Liu, Comparative Study on Aggregate Morphological Characterization with 3D Optical Scanner and X-ray Computed Tomography at the Characterization of Aggregates lecture session. 

Kuilin Zhang (CEE) and his student Shuaidong Zhao (CEE) presented their work on Data-Driven Optimization Model to Observe Individual Dynamic Choices of Activity-Travel Path Using Connected Vehicles as Mobile Sensors to the Surveillance and Control of Sustainable and Resilient Transportation Networks lecture session and displayed posters Observing Space-time Queueing Dynamics at a Signalized Intersection using Connected Vehicles as Mobile Sensors  at the Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics session and Data-Driven Optimization Model to Observe Individual Dynamic Choices of Activity-Travel Path Using Connected Vehicles as Mobile Sensors at the Transportation Network Modeling session.